There are many reputable sites online you can order fish from. What kind of fish are you looking for? The best way to find what you want to find a local breeder where you can pick out your fish and bring them home. Locah Hobbyists are also a good source for healthy fish at a good price. You can also check on aquabid. What I like to do is just click on all the fish I'm interested in or know nothing about, and find out where the seller is from. I have found local breeders this way! Another fun way is to join a local fish club if you have one. A lot of the clubs have swaps at the end of their meetings.
Ordering online is fine though. It's just expensive to have the fish shipped, and a gamble because the fish may not arrive alive. If you can find a local breeder, you are much better off, plus you see what you are buying when you fork over your hard earned cash. Let us know what fish you are interested in, and we can direct you to some good sites. liveaquaria is one that I have read a lot of folks have ordered fish from with mixed results. They are a bit pricey on a lot of their fish, but I've never heard anyone say they had a bad experience with them by getting DOA's.
Well every one of my Betta Babies was shipped in from New York (Marty & Noel), Florida (Alex), Texas (Misty), and California (Emma, Jasmyn and Sara). I bought my Otos and Snails locally and they are fine too.
The Bettas came mostly during the worst weather known to man (blizzards, heat, and sub zero temperatures) and made it to my doors a little cool but with careful and slow warming came out of it well ( and they were shipped packed with good insulation and heat packs when appropriate)
Some of the breeders charged very high shipping and some were very reasonable. Some of the Bettas were very expensive and some were no more expensive than the ones in the LFS or the dreaded W*****rt. It depends most definitely on what you are looking for and what you are willing to accept and I would suggest getting references from someone who has dealt with the breeder before buying from anyone. There is another possibliity. If you buy from eBay the breeders are rated by the people they have sold to and you can go to their feedback and look to see what the record of their sales have been. All of my darlings have come from eBay sales. If you are looking for a Betta sale though, I would be more than glad to recommend the best betta salesman in the US to anyone.
well, since I can't seem to keep the tank and fish I already have healthy, I'm not going to buy anything yet...very discouraged...
but I will not give up. Someday (hopefully before I kill my fish) I will get my 20 gallon cycled and KEEP it cycled, and my fish won't have ich or velvet, or whatever is wrong with them, and I will have the 90g up and running and cycled. Someday I will want to buy a cool fish like a blue ram or a betta or a rainbow or angel or...lol...anyway, I just wondered where to look and how it worked...I have learned one thing so far...better to ask questions and do research on anything/everything BEFORE I buy anything else. Also, I don't want any of the fish at my W***mart. They are pathetic. Very sad. And the Petsmart near me has some floating fish in the tanks as well as a poor selection. I'm a beginner at the computer too, so I didn't know much about Ebay, etc..in fact ya'll are the first forum I've ever been in, and I got my first pm here the other day! (very exciting! ;D) thanks for your tips!
I wanted to say something about a couple of the vendors I have dealt with on eBay and off. These are great people to deal with and only send quality items/fish.
The first is where I buy most of the non-fish items now as he is not shipping many fish although he has in the past. Marty came from there and he will still ship but only during warm weather. He does send lovely totally snail-free plants and has some items on eBay once in a while that are collector's items from days gone by before modern fishkeeping happened. (interesting stuff, not junk) His store on eBay is under: mikeswetpets.
Then there is the very best online, quality fish vendor that I have found. They sell through Aquabid and eBay and on their own site. They do not deal in large volume and you can let them know what you are after and they will try to find it. I got Alexander there and of all the fish I have gotten online, he is without a doubt the healthiest and most beautiful fish I own. Not that I love my others less, but qualtiy wise, he has the others beat and a lot of it I am convinced is because these people know what they are doing and know how to care for their fish and choose only the best fish to offer to other people who care as well. They want to know when the fish arrive and how they made the trip and how you feel about it. Most vendors are just happy NOT to hear from you because that means the fish came and was alive. Just so long as they don't have to return your money or replace the fish they could care less. Not so here. You get the caring attitude of people who know the fish they sell and want them to do well. I communicated with them about a website problem not long ago and they wanted to see pictures of Alex. Now that is a request to warm the cockles of a proud mommy's heart. Seriously though, it has been a pleasure doing business with them and they do make you FEEL like they love the fish and the fish show that they are super well cared for while under their protection. I think I have found my fish store. Their eBay store is: miamiaquariums. I have not visited the site on Aquabid but the website is:
I have ordered from liveaquaria and am fairly satisfied with their service. They have a minimum order of $30 and flatrate shipping of $40. The shipping may seem expensive but you have to keep in mind that any package whether it's live fish or just a standard product that is shipped next day air will be expensive. That is why it only makes sense if you order lots of fish per order. I ordered about $100 worth of freshwater fish so each fish only ended up being a couple dollars more when factoring in the shipping costs.
Their prices are fairly average but they have lots of fish that my LFS don't carry so it worked to my advantage. I had a couple of DOA guppies but they have a DOA guarantee so it wasn't that big of a deal and I got credit for them. For the most part the fish quality is good as none of the fish had any disease and none died after being put into the tank. I wouldn't hesitate to buy again from liveaquaria if I had to set up a brand new tank and needed to stock it with quality fish.
Most places give you so many hours after the postal service certifies that they delivered the fish to take a photo of the dead fish in the UNOPENED bag and e-mail it to them for credit (cost of fish only) or replacement. There are not that many online vendors who give the type of live gaurantee that is offered in the local fish store, that is the one drawback.
I just purchased a new betta this evening online though and have an order on a cory on eBay that I am the only bidder on so I am hoping that I get that one also.
ohhh..good to know! congrats on the new baby!! what color is your betta, Rose? good luck on your cory bidding! I'm still too chicken to try the auction action...I got as far as setting up an account with ebay, and...that's it! I'm such a weirdo sometimes! lol
maybe I'll move into this millenium someday! ha!
WHOA!! He is a beaut!! Man, I've never seen one like that! That color and those ruffles are gorgeous!!
Sonny must've been born on one of God's Best days!
Sonny was so breathtaking, I forgot to click on your cory, so I went back, and If I read it right you've won the bidding!! congrats!!
Cory is nice looking, but Sonny is SUPER!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I'll quit screaming now! lol
best wishes, denise
I guess the best way to figure out if buying online is good or not is to try it yourself. There are billions of sites that sell a lot of aquaria. Its a huge risk but worth it f you find a resonable price.